The group of muscles in the pelvic area make up the pelvic floor. Similar to a sling, our pelvic muscles support the bladder, uterus in women, prostate in men, and rectum. Bowel and bladder movements are controlled when we contract and relax the pelvic muscles.
But hundreds of people in Northern Utah are unable to control their pelvic floor muscles; a problem known as pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic floor dysfunction occurs when the muscles, ligaments and connective tissue that support pelvic organs don’t work as they should. It’s an issue that can affect men and women, although it’s much more common in women. Up to a third of all women experience some type of pelvic floor disorder in her lifetime.
For some, the pelvic floor muscles are too weak; in others they are too tight. Pelvic floor dysfunction can also be result of a lower back, hip joint, sacroiliac joint, and/or coccyx impairment.
There are many reasons pelvic floor dysfunction can develop. A few common ones are:
For some people, pelvic floor dysfunction is a symptom of another medical issue. Ogden Clinic’s pelvic floor therapy program is part of a multidisciplinary treatment approach for people who live with:
Pelvic floor therapists work closely with urologists, OB/GYNs, physical therapists, and primary care physicians using this therapy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
Many people don’t feel comfortable talking about personal topics like pelvic floor dysfunction. But these issues are very common treatment is available. If any of these symptoms affect your quality of life, reach out to your primary care physician or contact our pelvic floor therapists in Ogden to discuss your condition.
Ogden Clinic now offers Pelvic Floor Therapy, a subspecialty of our Physical Therapy program. Pelvic floor dysfunction is very treatable and, with the help of a trained professional, surgery may not be needed. A few services offered from our pelvic floor therapist include:
You don’t need to live with the life-altering or embarrassing symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. To learn more about our multidisciplinary treatment options or schedule an appointment, call Professional Center Physical Therapy at (801) 475-3300.
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